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Abortion and the basis of equality: a reply to Miller
  1. Alexander Bozzo
  1. Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Alexander Bozzo, Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311, USA; bozzoa{at}


Miller has recently argued that the standard liberal and moderate positions on abortion are incapable of grounding the claim that ‘all non-disabled adult humans are equal’. The reason, he claims, is such accounts base the intrinsic moral worth of a human being on some property (or set of properties) which comes in degrees. In contrast, he argues that moral equality must reside in some binary property, such as the property of being human. In this paper, I offer three criticisms of Miller’s position.

  • Abortion - Induced
  • Human Rights
  • Women's rights
  • Embryos and Fetuses
  • Personal Autonomy

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  • Contributors APB is the sole author.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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